CITY OF MALOLOS—The Iglesia Ni Cristo’s role in the country’s “We Heal as One” fight against COVID 19 pandemic is formally recognized after officials declared (May 10), Monday’s 132nd birth anniversary of its founder Felix Ysagun Manalo as “Humanity Day of Iglesia Ni Cristo”.
Gov. Daniel Fernando signed on April 30 Executive Order No. 17 as “Iglesia Ni Cristo Lingap Sa Mamamayan ng Lalawigan ng Bulacan Day” recognizing the church group’s humanitarian effort of offering Philippine Arena in Bocaue and Sta. Maria towns as a major quarantine facility in the country not only serving Bulakenyos but mostly returning and repatriated Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) because of the pandemic including residents of Metro Manila and other places who were infected of the disease.
Also over the weekend, the church donated 4,000 food packs to the strongly affected Bulacan residents.
Fernando joined by Vice Gov. Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado received in Capitol Gymnasium the said packs of foods including cavans of rice.
Manalo was born on May 10, 1889 in Taguig, Metro Manila and died on April 12, 1963. He founded the church on July 27, 1914.
The church built Philippine Arena in Bocaue and Sta. Maria towns inside the Ciudad de Victoria multi hectare facility during its 100th year centennial founding anniversary in 2014.
Philippine Arena since then became the world’s title holder as largest indoor arena with 55,000 seats. It also bags other major recognition in Guinness International World Book of Records.
Fernando said Bulacan is indeed very honored and blessed to host such structure of the INC including the Philippine Sports Center because of their international prestige and services to humanity during this pandemic.
“Bilang pagkilala po sa mga naiambag at patuloy na ibinabahagi ng ating kapatiran sa INC sa ikabubuti ng lipunan, lalo na sa lalawigan ng Bulacan, atin pong bibigyang-halaga ang nasabing araw bilang kapanganakan ng kanilang dakilang tagapagtatag na si Ministrong Tagapagpaganap Felix Y. Manalo,”